The National Youth Science Forum is a two-week programme for students moving into Year 12 who are thinking about a career in science, engineering and technology.
The forum takes place in January at the University of Western Australia; or at Universities in Canberra and/or Brisbane.  The cost includes travel to and from the location and accommodation if required.. All activities are fully supervised by student staff and Resident Rotary Counsellors.
The program is extremely intensive with little time for outside activities except for meeting people already in the program.
The most important aspect coming from NYSF is a network of friends, colleagues and support groups throughout Australia which will be of value to participants for the whole of their lives. The NYSF continues after January, in the form of university seminars and industry site visits in March and April and afterwards as a long term personal network of people with common aims Encouraging Excellence. 
The NYSF helps students in Year 12 who wish to follow careers in science, engineering and technology by introducing them to research ans researchers, by encouraging the achievement of excellence in all their undertakings and by helping to develop their communication and interpersonal skills. It also fosters discussion of and interest in major national and global issues ans emphasises the importance of maintaining continuing active interest in sport, arts and music.
In the January program the NYSF places equal emphasis on pure research and engineering in both the physical and biological sciences. However in the human biology fields the emphasis is on biomedical research and biotechnology rather than medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy or similar professions.
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